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ANIA SARI ON MUSIC, LIFE, AND SUCCESS

Westleaf Staff

What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop and music talent. Today's guest is Ania Sari. Ania Sari is a Michigan born, LA-Based artist now residing in Dallas, Texas. Inspired by the R&B/soul genre and known for her participation in award winning Show Choirs and A-Capella groups she continues her love for music as an R&B artist. With the help of mentorship programs by Apple Creative Studios, Soho House, and Creative Futures. Ania Sari pursues her career as a Singer/Songwriter.

Ania is picking up steam in her city so you know we had to tap in. Checkout the interview below!


Westleaf Staff: What's up, Ania? Your music is dope. When did you start making music?


Ania Sari: I started recording professionally about three years ago.


Westleaf Staff: That's dope! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?


Ania Sari: I have been singing since before I could talk, as my family says. My mom is a music lover and phenomenal singer, she would play notes on the piano and I would sing them at only 9 Months old. My grandfather was also in a jazz band so between the two of them, piano lessons, dance and just being emerged in so much creative activities; music became a huge love of mine.


Westleaf Staff: That's so cool. Music runs in your family. What city do you represent?


Ania Sari: It's hard to claim one place when I'm Michigan born and California somewhat raised. I like to claim both the cities I love; Detroit and Los Angeles.


Westleaf Staff: Shout out to LA and Detroit. Y'all have a lot of talent. So how did you create your stage name?


Ania Sari:My stage name is actually my first and middle name. I wanted to be known for being me, in that case, I just went with the name I was given.


Westleaf Staff: I love that. So who is your biggest Musical influence?


Ania Sari: I would say it's tied between Jhene Aiko and Rihanna. I love the peace and joy Jhene's music brings me. I'm also a love for a more edgy sound and Rihanna has just an all around essence I always loved about her!


Westleaf Staff: Dope! Gotta love Ri Ri and Jhene. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?


Ania Sari: I would play piano and write songs everyday after school. A good friend of mine had come over and after being begged to play something, I gathered the courage to play a song I had written at the time. I was only around 13 years old. She asked me why I didn't pursue a career in music and put my music out there and I realized I had never really thought about taking it seriously; it's just something I do for me because it's what I love. Making music feels like a necessity to me, I can't go a day without it. Not once, did I ever think of it as a career choice, only in my dreams. After that moment, I had to overcome the fears of performing, being vulnerable, what people think of me and realize there will be people who love my art just as much as I do. From that point on I just keep creating for me and finally years later, here I am. Releasing my second song, You Got It and working on more.


Westleaf Staff: Dope! Much respect. So what does art mean to you?


Ania Sari: Music is my lifeline. It's the most authentic thing, I believe, us as artists have. Making music has been therapy and healing for me since before I knew about recording.


Westleaf Staff: That's real! Music is healing.Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?


Ania Sari: I definitely can see my career taking off in the next few years. I'll be growing a very solid fanbase, releasing my first E.P and album, and going on tour. It would also be very fun to headline for other artists as well. I could see a whole lot happening for my career in the next few years, there's so many opportunities out there!


Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success in your career! Before we go, describe music in three words.


Ania Sari: Necessary. Authentic. Life Changing.


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